Delaware State Senate District 5
|Delaware State Senate District 5|
|Current incumbent||Catherine Cloutier|
|Ethnicity||15.6% Black, 3.4% Hispanic|
|Voting age||78.4% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 6, 2018|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 34,307 civilians reside within Delaware's fifth state senate district. Delaware state senators represent an average of 42,759 residents, as of the 2010 Census. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 37,314 residents.
About the office
Article II, Section 3 of the Delaware Constitution states: No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty-seven years and have been a citizen and inhabitant of the State three years next preceding the day of his election and the last year of that term an inhabitant of the Senatorial District in which he shall be chosen, unless he shall have been absent on the public business of the United States or of this State.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the Delaware legislature are paid $42,750 per year. Legislators are allowed a maximum of $7,334 in expenses annually.
If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Senate President must call for a special election. The election must be called for no later than 30 days after the vacancy happened. The Governor may make the declaration if the Senate is not in session. The date of the election must be set no later than 10 days after a declaration was made.
- See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2012
Elections for the office of Delaware State Senate consisted of a primary election on February 11, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 6, 2012. Incumbent Catherine Cloutier (R) defeated Christopher R. Counihan (D) in the general election. Both candidates ran unopposed in the February 7 primary elections. 
|Delaware State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Catherine Cloutier Incumbent||56.2%||12,912|
Since 2000, candidates for Delaware State Senate District 5 have raised a total of $405,503. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $40,550 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Delaware State Senate District 5|
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- U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population: 2000," April 2, 2001
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- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- Delaware Legislature, "Delaware Election Code," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statutes § 7101 and § 7104, Delaware Code)
- Delaware Secretary of State, "2012 General Election," November 4, 2013
- Delaware Secretary of State, "2012 General Primary,” November 4, 2013